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Week in Review

By Eric Lanter

Billy Bush Departs From NBC

Following the revelation of the 2005 "Access Hollywood" video, where Donald Trump bragged about his sexual exploits to Billy Bush, NBC announced that Mr. Bush no longer works for the "Today" show. The terms of his departure were not made public.


New York Road Runners to Extend Doping Tests to Lower-Tier Races

New York Road Runners, one of the nation's largest road racing organizations, tests elite runners prior to its events, and disqualifies those who test positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Starting in Spring 2017, New York Road Runners will test top local and club runners as well, which is a tier below the professional runners, in an effort to increase awareness of the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs and to level the playing field. Should a runner be disqualified for testing positive, that runner will forfeit his or her prize money. However, an appeal is available for disqualified runners, leaving open the option for overturning an incorrect disqualification.


Venues Refuse to Pay Songwriters While Profiting from Music

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), a non-profit membership association with 585,000 member songwriters, composers, and music publishers, announced that it filed 10 copyright infringement lawsuits against bars and restaurants across the country as a result of "unauthorized public performance of its members' copyrighted musical works." While bars and restaurants can pay a license fee to access ASCAP's library of over 10 million musical works, the defendants have used ASCAP members' music without licenses. ASCAP stated that the average cost for a bar or restaurant to purchase a license to the musical works of ASCAP members is $2 per day to play an unlimited amount of music.


Jury Hears Closing Arguments in Derrick Rose Case

In Los Angeles, a jury heard closing arguments in a lawsuit accusing the National Basketball Association star Derrick Rose and two of his friends of raping a woman in her apartment in 2013. The woman had a relationship with Mr. Rose for approximately 20 months before the month prior to the alleged rape. The defense characterized the lawsuit as "fake" and her pain and suffering as "a hoax and a joke." The prosecution, however, called the three men "sexual deviants" who degraded the woman, as she was incapacitated during the sexual act.


Before Colin Kaepernick, There Was Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova, the tennis star, is known for her advocacy for children's rights, animal rights, and gay rights. She weighed in on Colin Kaepernick's recent protests during the national anthem prior to each National Football League (NFL) game in which he plays, where he protests police brutality and racial inequality. She said that his actions may be "somewhat disrespectful," but he should be praised for speaking out, as he is doing so in a peaceful way. This comes just weeks after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the protest "dumb and disrespectful", but not illegal.


Josh Brown, Kicker for New York Giants, Admitted Abusing Wife, and That Admission Causes the NFL to Reopen Its Initial Inquiry

Josh Brown, the kicker for the New York Giants, admitted to police that he abused his wife, Molly Brown. He stated that he was "physically, emotionally, and verbally" abusive. His admissions were noted in an NFL file that have been compiled after his arrest last year for domestic violence in King County, Washington. John Mara, co-owner of the Giants, said in August that the organization was aware of the allegations and was comfortable with the decision to re-sign him over the summer. However, Brown's admission caused the NFL to reopen its investigation.



Baylor University Is Under Federal Investigation Over Possible Title IX Violations

The federal government announced that it is formally investigating Baylor University to determine whether it violated Title IX during its internal investigations of sexual assault reports on campus. The investigation came as a result of a report released in early 2016, which led to the resignation of Kenneth Starr, president of the university, as well as the athletic director and football coach.


Criticism of the News Media Takes on Sinister Tone

Donald Trump's campaign has unleashed attacks on the news media unlike any since the candidacy of George Wallace. Mr. Trump has argued that the news media has been trying to "poison the minds" of voters with lies as part of a conspiracy against the American people involving "global financial interests." There has not been a concentrated effort to defend against these attacks, and at some of Mr. Trump's rallies, security has been provided for members from the media. Some journalists have postulated that Mr. Trump's campaign has observed perspectives from the West Coast and East Coast newspapers and interpreted those as ignoring the concerns of individuals in the middle of the country. This narrative has resonated with Mr. Trump's supporters and likely will continue in the final weeks of the election.


Rolling Stone Stays Focused as Defamation Trial is Set to Begin

Wenner Media, the entity that owns Rolling Stone magazine, is preparing to defend two lawsuits that the magazine faces over a 2014 article about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. That article was widely discredited shortly after publication, and Rolling Stone retracted the piece after the Columbia Journalism School exposed its journalistic flaws. The associate dean of the University of Virginia filed a defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone after she was portrayed as ignoring the alleged victim. The second lawsuit centers on the fraternity suing the magazine for portraying it as the scene of the alleged gang rape. That trial has yet to begin, but the fraternity is seeking $25 million in damages. Legal experts have said that Rolling Stone's exposure will be covered by insurance for both actions, and the magazine will likely survive the outcome of the lawsuits.


American Pleads Guilty in FIFA Case for Role in Bribes

Aaron Davidson, a sports marketing executive, admitted in federal court that he negotiated and paid more than $14 million in bribes to soccer officials on behalf of Traffic Sports USA. The bribes ensured that Traffic Sports USA received media and marketing contracts for soccer games. He signed a plea agreement, pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire-fraud conspiracy.


Spanish Court Overturns a Ban Against Bullfighting in Catalonia

Spain's Constitutional Court overturned a ban on bullfighting, which lawmakers in a region of Spain, Catalonia, approved six years ago. The decision has come under fire by Catalonians, who value their autonomy despite not being independent of Spain, and animal rights activists, who find the practice of bullfighting to be unjustifiably cruel to the animals. The sport had already taken a hit because of high debts and a drop in the number of bullfighting events in Spain, and the ban only exacerbated the sport's difficulties. The practical consequences of the Constitutional Court's ruling are still unclear.


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